Published: 22/07/2014 08:01 - Updated: 30/07/2014 08:10

Diana Gabaldon's visit to Inverness - Outlander's heartland

Diana Gabaldon, heads to Inverness for event on August 22.
Diana Gabaldon, heads to Inverness for event on August 22.

THE writer of the award-winning books behind the new Highland-set American time-travel TV series Outlander will be in Inverness to sign copies of her latest book on Friday, August 22.

Tickets are now on sale at both Waterstones Inverness and the Ironworks - which is co-hosting the event with the bookshop.

At the event, Diana Gabaldon will be discussing her new novel Written In My Own Heart's Blood, talking about the Outlander book series - which has more than 26 million copies in print worldwide - and signing copies of her books. 

Diana Gabaldon - (it’s pronounced "GAA-bull-dohn" rhyming with "stone") - is the author of the award-winning, number one New York Times-bestselling Outlander novels, described by Salon magazine as "the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science PhD with a background in scripting Scrooge McDuck comics."

The adventure began in 1991 with the classic Outlander ("historical fiction with a Moebius twist"). The series has continued through seven more bestselling novels - Dragonfly In Amber, Voyager, Drums Of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath Of Snow And Ashes, An Echo In The Bone, and Written In My Own Heart’s Blood.

The series is published in 26 countries and 23 languages, and includes a non-fiction companion volume, The Outlandish Companion, which provides details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the first novels in the series.

Diana has also written several books in a sub-series featuring Lord John Grey (a major minor character from the main series): Lord John And The Private Matter, Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade, Lord John And The Hand Of Devils, And Lord John And The Scottish Prisoner.

Diana's latest book.
Diana's latest book.

Returning to her comic-book roots, Diana has also written a graphic novel entitled The Exile (set within the Outlander universe and featuring the main characters from Outlander), but told from the viewpoint of Jamie Fraser and his godfather, Murtagh. The graphic novel is illustrated by Hoang Nguyen, and published by Del-Rey.

The eighth and most recent major novel in the Outlander series, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, was released on June 10 in America and Canada.

The book made its debut as number one on the New York Times bestseller list in the hardcover category and combined e-book and hardcover category. And the book is also a bestseller in Canada.

Diana’s current writing projects include the ninth major novel in the Outlander series, as yet untitled, and a second volume of The Outlandish Companion.

She is also serving as a co-producer and advisor for the Outlander TV series produced by the Starz network and Tall Ship Productions, which is based on her novels.

Diana is a doctor - holding three degrees in science: zoology, marine biology, and a PhD in quantitative behavioral ecology, plus an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters.

She spent a dozen years as a university professor with an expertise in scientific computation before beginning to write fiction.

And she has also written scientific articles and textbooks, worked as a contributing editor on the MacMillan Encyclopedia Of Computers, founded the scientific-computation journal Science Software Quarterly, and has written numerous comic-book scripts for Walt Disney.

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